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A Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parent / Carer

I am thinking of you all as we adapt again to life during lockdown. We all wish school could be open as usual, but accept the need for restrictions in order to stop the virus from spreading.

Online Learning
Teachers are posting three daily activities on ClassDojo for your child to access - English, Maths and one other subject. We recommend trying to do at least 2 hours learning a day and uploading your child's work to their portfolio for the teacher to see. Having a simple routine is the best way forward. We understand that this will be challenging for working parents and would simply ask that you do what you can.

Work Packs
Work books are available to be collected from school between 10am and 2pm on Thursday (surname A-L) and Friday (surname M-Z). These are an optional extra. You are NOT expected to do all the online learning and the workbooks too. They are handy for families who have limited access to laptops and tablets.

If you need help or advice accessing remote learning, please send a message to Mrs Cameron, Miss Hood or me.

Key Workers' Group
The school has groups running for the children of key workers' and vulnerable pupils. Demand has more than doubled since the first lockdown. We are working hard to offer this provision whilst following the recommendations of our Risk Assessment.

Free School Meals
The government hasn't talked about reintroducing vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals. In the meantime, if you are struggling, please contact the school office and we will try to arrange for you to collect a box of food. The Pop Up Shop at St Matthew's church will continue to open at 9am every Thursday as well. Hopefully the Prime Minister might announce something about vouchers soon.

It is early days, but I know lockdown will bring huge challenges to many families, both financially, emotionally and in terms of wellbeing. Remember that we don't wish to put any extra pressure on you as a school, and are happy for you to do what you can in terms of home learning.

Please ring the school office on 01473 251614 between 9am and 2.30pm if you think we can help in any way. You can also contact Mrs Cameron, Miss Hood or me via ClassDojo.

Take care and stay safe

Mr Gates

  • St Matthew's Church of England Primary School,
  • Portman Road, Ipswich,
  • IP1 2AX
  • Tel: 01473 251614
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